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By Ann Mikaela
Nov 24, 2013
Hi!
I arrive in Santiago the 15 December, and will head south towards Patagonia and stay until the end of January. I do not have any fixed plans at all, so I am very flexible, but I would be keen to do a lot of climbing and hiking when I am down there.

I would be super keen to find a climbing partner or hiking partner so give me a shout if you are around at this time.
See ya
Mikaela

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By Mike Sullivan
From Durango, CO
Dec 8, 2013
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Hi Mikaela,

I just arrived in Chile and will be in Patagonia until January 2nd. (Also thinking about a side trip to Bariloche this month.) My plans are also flexible, but my goals are to trek and to do some trad climbing, peak bagging and hopefully a couple of technical peaks. I've got a full rock rack and light alpine gear, but just a single 60m rope. I lead up to 9 or easy 10 trad, and will follow 10's. Email me at zarmot@yahoo if you want to try and climb together during the time that we overlap. Cheers!

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By Ann Mikaela
Dec 10, 2013
Hi! I think I sent you an e-mail, is it yahoo.com, yahoo.something else? Anyway here is the e-mail if you did not get it :)

Hi!
Sounds perfect! I arrive on Sundat, and plan to head south as soon as possible, have thought of Bariloche aswell.

When you say grade 10, is that South African system, or something else?

I have climbed for 4 years, or perhaps 5, on and off, and more consistent the last 3 or so. I was alpine climbing five weeks on New Zealand last year, only as a second man though, and have done alpine climbing home in Norway, mainly following, and some easy pitches on lead. So yes, most of my experiences from trad climbing are as a follower, just leading well blow my grade, but I know how to handle gear and ropes and so. I am used to this part and of the climbing, I am used to being in the wall all day and I am most of all used to being outside in the mountains.

I am sure we will overlap just contact me around sunday and tell me where you are and I'll see if I can get there!

Cheers

Mikaela

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By Mike Sullivan
From Durango, CO
Dec 17, 2013
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Hi Mikaela,

I got your email and just sent you a reply. I was referring to 5.9 or 5.10- using the YDS rating scale, which is about 5c or 6a on the French scale. I am thinking of heading to Torres del Paine in the next day or two, or perhaps to Bariloche. Are you in Santiago now?

Cheers,

Mike

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By Blackaa
Dec 26, 2013
I will be in Torres del Paine from Jan 11 to 16, mainly planning on trekking, and Parque Nacional los Glaciares from Jan 18-21. My plans are also somewhat flexible, and although I had mainly planned on hiking, I could make room for a harness and some gear.

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By Ann Mikaela
Dec 27, 2013
Hi! I should be able to be in Torres around the 11th, my only date is Santiago the 26 th for my flight back north. Might see you?

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By Mike Sullivan
From Durango, CO
Dec 28, 2013
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Blackaa and Mikaela,

I just got back from Paine and it was truly awesome. If you have time, it is worth spending more than 6 or 7 days in the park. It rains roughly half of the days, and it is really really worth waiting for clear weather if/when you go up to Glaciar Grey, Paso John Gardner, Valle Francés, and Valle Ascencio. Hiking up to the Valle Silencio and upper reaches of Francés (past the Mirador) is also amazing if the weather is clear. There are some other great places to visit that are off the popular O and W trekking routes that give the best views of the Paine Massif. Take the rain days as rest days or to get into a good campsite, and then rage out when the weather is good!

Cheers,

Mike

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By Mike Sullivan
From Durango, CO
Dec 28, 2013
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For anyone else reading this thread who will be in Chile in the coming week, I'll be climbing, trekking, or exploring around the Lakes District for the next 6 days or so, probably between Pucón, Osorno, and Puerto Montt, or maybe as far south as Chaitén. Drop me a note if you want to partner up. I'm thinking of maybe going to climb Osorno...

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